Soccer-Inspired Baby Names

Some soccer-related debuts on the SSA’s baby name list:

Eder, inspired by Brazilian soccer player Éder Aleixo de Assis, who played for Brazil in the 1982 World Cup.

  • 1981: not listed
  • 1982: 48 baby boys named Eder
  • 1983: 37 baby boys named Eder
  • 1984: 28 baby boys named Eder

Josimar, inspired by Brazilian soccer player Josimar Higino Pereira, who played for Brazil in the 1986 World Cup.

  • 1985: not listed
  • 1986: 10 baby boys named Josimar
  • 1987: 6 baby boys named Josimar
  • 1988: not listed

Pele, inspired by Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pelé. He joined the New York Cosmos in 1975 and helped them become the NASL champions in 1977.

  • 1974: not listed
  • 1975: 5 baby boys named Pele
  • 1976: not listed
  • 1977: not listed
  • 1978: 6 baby boys named Pele
  • 1979: not listed

Sneijder, inspired by Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who played in the Euro 2008.

  • 2007: not listed
  • 2008: 10 baby boys named Sneijder
  • 2009: 5 baby boys named Sneijder
  • 2010: 14 baby boys named Sneijder

Xavi was probably inspired by Spanish soccer player Xavier Hernández, though I can’t match up the name’s debut to any particular event.

  • 2004: not listed
  • 2005: 6 baby boys named Xavi
  • 2006: 18 baby boys named Xavi
  • 2007: 21 baby boys named Xavi
  • 2008: 42 baby boys named Xavi
  • 2009: 115 baby boys named Xavi
  • 2010: 256 baby boys named Xavi

5 thoughts on “Soccer-Inspired Baby Names

  1. I think the Top 1000 position of Iker & Cristiano is mostly owed to the namesake footballers.

    On the long list I spotted Zlatan & Messi. It would be interesting to know if the popularity of Lionel has increased thanks to the latter.

  2. Hi,

    Can I check if the examples you give above are country specific to the nationality of the player?

  3. Hi Craig,

    All of the babies listed above are U.S. babies. I don’t know of any quick way to check the ethnicity/heritage of each one. (Is that what you’re asking?)

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